This is one of these pages. Click on one of the above for a different OTRR Singles and Doubles Collection - Single Episodes page.
This is a work in progress. This OTRR Collection is a Non-Certified one, containing series in which currently only one or two episodes are known to exist -- hence the name: "Singles and Doubles Collection". Almost every type genre is included.
Radio -- called by some The Theater of the Mind -- has been with us since 1920 when stations WWJ of Detroit and KDKA of Pittsburg made the first regular commercial broadcasts. The first program aimed at entertaining the unseen audience followed close behind.
Over the years since then, literally thousands of series have been broadcast nationally and thousands more in regional or local markets. Some endured for a few years, others for 20 or 30, and some unfortunately only had one episode broadcast. Of those thousands, some series saw some of their episodes saved for the future, some saw nearly all and others only one or two episodes.
While the goal of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group is to preserve radios past by collecting, and archiving as many different series as possible and making them available to the community, we do not want to let the series that only had a minimum number of episodes to survive go unpreserved for future generations.
To that end we have put together this unique collection of series. Most of the programs you will find here will be totally unfamilar to you, but they are informative and entertaining none the less.
This is the second version of this collection that we have released. Since the first collection new broadcasts have surfaced, and others will undoubtely be found in the future. When and if that occurs, we will release a version three.
From comedy to drama to cooking shows to music, you'll hear it all here, and every episode will be unique and different. They run the gamut, from the middle 20s to the early 70s, all showing us a glimpse of the past, when things were slower and families gathered round the radio each evening. Times when each person was hearing the same thing, but created a different picture in their minds of what the characters looked like, the scenery, location, and most important the sounds. Sounds that each found a different meaning in, but one that entertained, educated, and made the world a smaller place, where you could hear those stories that in the past were told to just a few, gathered round the dinner table, at a campfire, or in small audiences, but now the whole world could hear and enjoy.
Some of these episodes may be misnamed or misdated. If you find such, please let us know. Additionally there may be some dead air space at the beginning or ending of some episodes. This is not one of our certified sets, it is being provided as a way to obtain those series in which only one or two shows have survived.
From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.
This is the Single Episodes Page. The Non-Certified Set may include extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Non-Certified Set. This Single Episodes page is provided in case you want to sample the shows.Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to archive.org naming requirements.
If you are interested in preserving Old Time Radio (OTR), you may wish to join the Old Time Radio Researchers Group at Facebook and Groups.io.
Relax, listen, and enjoy!
OTRR Maintained Set -- This set contains all known episodes in the best available audio condition with the most accurate dates and titles known to be in general circulation and based on current research at the time of release. Replaces OTRR Certified Accurate and OTRR Certified Complete.
OTRR Non-Maintained Set -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Maintenance process.
Pre-2019 OTRR Definitions:
OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that was "Certified Accurate" indicated that all the episodes were properly identified and labeled based on current information but that the series did not contain all known extant episodes.
OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that was "Certified Complete" achieved the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implied that all the files in the series were "Certified Accurate" and also indicated that the series was as complete as possible and included all circulating episodes.
OTRR Non-Certified -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Certification process.
Also, beginning in 2019, the version numbers of our OTRR releases changed format -- instead of v1.0 or v2.1, we are now using a version number that reflects the year and month the set was released. The format used is a two-digit year followed by a two-digit month. For example, "v1906" indicates a set that was released in June 2019, or "v1910" indicates a set released in October 2019.
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May 23, 2016 Subject:
Some clip info
Gerber Program clip dates to June 1934:
According to Wikipedia, the special guest celebrating her 73rd birthday in this clip, Mme. Ernestine Schumann-Heink, was born on June 15, 1861 and died on Nov. 17,1936 at 75.
Gateway to Hollywood was a talent contest. The finalists included 3 young men and 3 young women, all vying to receive the stage names "Terry Belmont" (for the men) or "Gale Storm" (for the women) and to be cast in a Hollywood production. The female winner was Josephine Cottle who, as Gale Storm, went on to become the star of My Little Margie. She was 17 at the time, which fits with the date of 1939 mentioned in the audition.
Love the Singles and Doubles so much! Thank you!
December 7, 2013 Subject:
mislabled and corrupted files
"Crime Cases Of Warden Lawes - Case 43587-M " is not a mystery show - it's just a man talking about how children differ from adults and, in the next segment, actors
"7-08-24_xxx_Deadline_Mystery_-_Apartment_Racket" is promising, but the file is corrupted - playback ends before the show is complete
I've listened several other shows - other than being rare, they are nothing special:
February 27, 2013 Subject:
Fitch is On The Air 37-03-18 is mislabeled because it has been misheard for years. It is a Duke Ellington show and opens with "Duke is on the Air" not Fitch is on the air.
47-08-xx (001) David Street Show - Guest - George Jessel.mp3 s/b 47-08-08
45-04-22 (xxx) Drew Pearson Show.mp3 and 45-05-06 (xxx) Drew Pearson Show.mp3 There are at least 3 available in mp3
42-12-16 xxx Escape To Death.mp3 was a program called Black Castle with Escape to Death being the name of the episode. The program was not on in 1942. Radiogold gives a date of 43-12-16, but that is a Thursday and the show was on Tuesdays at 8 pm. So, let's call it 43-12-14 for lack of a better date.
From The Bookshelf Of The World - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde - There are 7 episodes available in mp3
52-12-28 (xxx) Forty Million - Friend Of The Bride.mp3 There are at least 3 available in mp3
General Electric Program - Guest - Judy Garland 521030
There are at least 7 episodes available in mp3. This is the official name of the Bing Crosby Show from 1952 to 1954.
Gracie Fields Show - Guest - Jack Carson
There are at least 5 episodes available in mp3
Gus Arnhein - First Song - It's Love
Gus Arnhein - First Song - You Really Started Something
There are at least 16 shows of Gus Arnheim available in mp3
April 21, 2008 Subject:
I just listened to an episode of "Forward March", Which contains some of the catchiest music I have ever heard. It's much better than the crap on the radio today. It's great music for those who love 40's Popular Music ("Traditional Pop"). 5/5!